- Brewery bits - Neepsend Brewery won awards at three beer festivals during 2016 – Sheffield, Stockport and Chesterfield Market. They celebrated their 100th gyle brew back in December which was Century IPA, a 6.6% ABV beer brewed with a combination of Citra, Mosaic, Amarillo and Centennial hops. The final brew of 2016 for Exit 33 Brewing was a […]
- Abbeydale Brewery - A belated happy new year to you all, and a great big welcome to our new look core range artwork! Rest assured that the beer behind the pumpclip is exactly the same brew that we all know and love, but with a fresher appearance that looks more at home on a 2017 bar. As usual, […]
- Stancill Brewery – beer news - In addition to a successful and award winning range of core beers which includes Barnsley Bitter, No.7 and Porter to name but a few, the brewing team at Stancill has announced plans to produce not one, but two special brews each month throughout 2017. The brewery plans to launch a series of new experimental brews, […]
- Stancill Brewery – staff news - It takes determination, grit, passion and something special to work in the pub industry, and the newest addition to the Stancill Brewery team has just that… and much more. Earlier this month, the brewery welcomed Katy Streets who joins as the brewery’s new Business Development Manager. She will work within the brewery’s newly established pubs […]
- Stancill Brewery – Home Brew Competition - Stancill Brewery is launching a search to find Sheffield’s best home brewer, with a unique opportunity to see their home brew transformed into a pint which can be enjoyed by beer lovers across the steel city. The new competition which will be launched at the beginning of February will give the winner the opportunity to […]
Manchester CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival
Thu 19 – Sat 21 Jan
The annual Manchester Beer & Cider Festival returns to Manchester Central (previously known as G-Mex) for the second year, a grand former rail station, with over 600 beers, ciders and perries. It is open noon to 10:30 pm Thursday and Friday, noon to 7pm on Saturday. Deansgate rail station is just a few minutes walk from the venue. See www.mancbeerfest.uk for more information.
Thornbridge Taps Guest Fest
Thu 26 – Sun 29 Jan
Three Thornbridge Brewery pubs – The Greystones, Bath Hotel and Hallamshire House – together will be showcasing up to 100 guest beers with a theme at each venue. The Bath Hotel will be featuring beers from Northern Monk and all things Yorkshire; The Hallamshire House will be hosting Siren Beers and all things Southern with the Greystones offering beer from Hawkshead Brewery and various other breweries around the UK.
Bus 83 will get you to the Greystones and bus 95 to the Hallamshire House. The Bath Hotel is just off Glossop Road – the University of Sheffield tram stop is close by along with buses 6, 52, 52a, 95, 120, 271, 273 and 274. (A Citywide day ticket for all buses and trams costs £4.30).
Chesterfield CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival
Fri 3 – Sat 4 Feb
The main annual CAMRA beer festival in Chesterfield, held at the Winding Wheel Theatre in the town centre, a short walk from the railway station and even closer to the bus stops with buses 43/44/50/50a/X17 going there from Sheffield. The festival is over three rooms – the main hall where live music is featured at the evening sessions along with two further rooms upstairs with themed bars. Hot and cold food is also available. Open 11am to 4pm (entry £5.50) and 6:30pm to 11pm (entry £6.50). Advance tickets advisable for the evening sessions.
Derby CAMRA Winter Ales & Cider Festival
Wed 15 – Sat 18 Feb
The Derby Winter festival is in the Derby College Roundhouse building located at the rear of the railway station, open from 5pm to 11pm Wednesday then 11am to 11pm the rest of the week. Regular trains run from Sheffield to Derby, journey about 35 minutes. More details http://www.derbycamra.org.uk/winter-beer-festival/
CAMRA National Winter Ales & Cider Festival
Tue 21 – Sat 25 Feb
Held in the historic St Andrews & Blackfriars halls in Norwich. For more details see www.nwaf.org.uk. Direct trains run hourly from Sheffield to Norwich, cheaper train tickets are available if booked in advance.
- District Pub of the Season Autumn 2016 - Our members have been voting through the autumn for our latest District Pub of the Season and we are pleased to announce the winner as the Packhorse at Little Longstone. This award is for pubs in the Derbyshire part of our branch area and is designed to raise the profile with real ale drinkers of […]
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- Pub of the Month November 2016 - Now my association with the Hillsborough Hotel goes back a long way. From the heady days of Dell Tilling, when the bar only opened Thursday to Sunday and we packed in to drink Brian Hendry’s excellent Crown HPA and Stannington Stout. Well since then the Hillsborough has gone through some ups and downs and in […]
- Special award for Nigel Williams - Now and again our branch members put forward a nomination for a special award outside our usual pub and beer awards to recognise people or businesses that have contributed towards the good pub and beer scene in our area. The latest of these awards presented (after a little delay!) was to Nigel Williams, who retired […]
- Pub of the Month October 2016 - The White Lion has not only been a constant fixture on London Road since 1781, it has been a constant favourite on the Sheffield beer scene, appearing in 28 editions of the Good Beer Guide. Its 28th appearance is in 2017. The architectural history of this one pub alone could fill an entire issue of […]
- Sheffield Beer House micropub celebrates second birthday - The Sheffield Beer House on Ecclesall Road was the City’s first full time micropub and was popular from the word go, offering real ale and other quality drinks, friendly service and a proper pub environment on a compact scale. In December the Beer House celebrated its second birthday with a low key celebration evening with […]
- Heritage Corner – The Fat Cat - The Fat Cat is a little-altered and typically detailed example of a mid-C19th. pub and former hotel in, what was, an industrial quarter close to central Sheffield. It has an excellent original layout: two downstairs rooms, a small central bar, mosaic in the doorway and a terrazzo floor passageway. Opened in 1850 and originally known […]
- Another Peak District pub tour enjoyed! - On Saturday 12th November a minibus full of local CAMRA members visited a number of Peak District pubs in our branch area. The final destination was our District Pub of the Season award winner, the Three Stags Heads at Wardlow Mires, before then we stopped off at the Anglers Rest community pub in Bamford; the […]
- Blue Stoops, Dronfield - The Blue Stoops on Dronfield High Street has now reopened following extensive refurbishment and renovation of this historical building by True North Brewery. The bar has four handpumps serving real ales from True North and guests along with various keg beers and ciders, a wide selection of gins and other spirits. Food is served all […]
- Gardeners Rest, Neepsend - We’re proud to announce that the Gardeners Rest Community Society has reached its lower funding target of £100,000 in its effort to take the Gardeners Rest in Neepsend into community ownership following the retirement of Pat and Eddy, the current owners and managers. We are now in a good position to negotiate grants and loans […]
- Inn Brief
The Portland House, Welbeck Abbey Brewery’s micropub on Ecclesall Road, now offers a discount to CAMRA members of 10% off a pint of real ale if you show your membership card when you order.
Following the sad news of the passing away of Stuart Burrows, the landlord of the Mount Pleasant on Derbyshire Lane, the tenancy is being taken over from 31st January by Gillian Nugent who has worked with Stuart both behind the bar and looking after the cellar for the last 8 years. No major changes are planned, however the pub will be closed for a short spell for the decorators to come in and give the place a little TLC.
JD Wetherspoons hold one of their regular real ale festivals across the chain of pubs from 22nd March to 2nd April. Their pubs in Sheffield include the Bankers Draft, Waterworks and Benjamin Huntsman in the City Centre, Sheaf Island on Ecclesall Road, Woodseats Palace at Woodseats, Rawson Spring at Hillsborough, Wagon & Horses at Chapeltown, Steel Foundry at the Meadowhall Oasis and Francis Newton by the Hallamshire Hospital.
Another new micropub has opened, this time in the City Centre next to Ponds Forge Sports Centre and Fitzalan Square tram stop. The Drink Inn opens at midday every day and has a choice of three real ales along with a choice of spirits and bottled craft beers. Their opening hours don’t seem finalised yet, check their Facebook page for the latest.
The Swim Inn on Glossop Road, a former Wetherspoons pub, closed for refurbishment in January and is to reopen as part of the ‘Stone & Tap’ chain offering beer, burgers and pizza.
The Washington on Fitwilliam Street in Sheffield City Centre is due to close for refurbishment on 22nd January, reopening with a ‘rebirth weekend’ celebration on 2nd and 3rd February, featuring a number of DJ sets including an appearance from Jarvis Cocker on the Saturday. The refurbishment will see the interior get something of a spruce up along with a new stage and dance floor area along with an upgrade to the outdoor drinking space. There will also be an extended range of products on the bar. See their Facebook page for more details.
Sentinel Brewery & bar has been running a Tryanuary promotion during January with a different beer discounted by 20% each day.
The Malt House on Monteney Crescent near Ecclesfield has reopened as a freehouse. The pub was previously known as the Fighting Cock and we are told the locals still know it as that, however in a little bit of humour about the north Sheffield accent reflecting that the landlady isn’t local, the pub has been renamed ‘The Feightin Cock Less‘. There are six handpumps on the bar, all the beers are reasonably priced and mostly from local breweries.
Another new opening in Dronfield, hot on the heels of the relaunch of the Blue Stoops by True North Brewery is the opening of Smiffy’s Craft Ale & Wine bar, in the premises previously occupied by a cafe next to the Dronfield Arms and opposite the White Swan on Chesterfield Road. 4 real ales feature on the bar.
The Norton at Meadowhead has had a refurbishment and is part of Mitchell & Butlers’ Sizzling Pub Company chain.
The White Lion at Heeley has been featuring Hopjacker Brewery as a guest including some collaborative brews.
The Beer Engine on Cemetery Road has extended its opening hours, opening at midday every day. The Tapas style food is now served Monday to Thursday 12-3 and 5-9pm, Friday and Saturday 12-8pm. At the time of writing Mondays continued to feature a two-for-one promotion on food. On Sundays the food offer changes with a choice of roast dinners (a meat option, a veggie option and a vegan option) served from 12-5pm. The bar is open until midnight Friday and Saturday, 11pm the rest of the week.
The Wagon and Horses at Millhouses Park has been taken over by True North Brewery, who are reopening the pub in February. It is expected to be run along similar lines to the Broadfield, British Oak, York and Blue Stoops with a dining room and separate bar. The changes should see better quality food and a more interesting beer range than previously.
The BBQ Collective has now left the Hop bar in Sheffield Centre which at the time of writing was no longer doing food. Real ale and a programme of live music continues to feature.
The former Hearty Oak pub at Dronfield Woodhouse has another revised planning application for demolishing the pub and building houses on the site with six dwellings proposed.
The George and Dragon in Holmesfield is under new ownership and still open as a pub unchanged, meanwhile the rear car park has been auctioned off with a view of house building on it.
Hagglers Corner coffee shop & bar on Queens Roas at Heeley has a number of special evening events planned including live music gigs in addition to their normal daytime opening with real ale sometimes available. See www.hagglerscorner.co.uk.
Organisers of the Three Valleys Festival, which takes place in the Dronfield area on Saturday 3rd June, have announced the first few confirmed venue out of an expected 15. These are the Barrack at Apperknowle, the Green Dragon in Dronfield, Hill Top Sports & Social Club, Hyde Park Inn at Hill Top, the Manor House Hotel in Dronfield, the Miners Arms at Hundall, the Jolly Farmer in Dronfield Woodhouse and the Pioneer Club in Dronfield.
The Old Crown on London Road is now Cask Mark accredited and are also now able to source beer from local breweries as well as the main Punch Taverns list, this has seen Blue Bee make their first appearance on the bar!
Heinekin, whose pub operating division Star Pubs UK own a number of leased out venues in our area such as the Church House in Sheffield Centre and the Old Hall Hotel in Hope, are in the process of buying Punch Taverns, who own 3,500 pubs across the UK including a significant number in our area. Heinekin are proposing that under their ownership, Punch pubs must have at least 85% of their beer range from Heinekin, who own Caledonian brewery (of Deuchars IPA fame). This will reduce beer choice in Punch pubs somewhat and potentially damage the business of the licencees that lease those pubs.
The Nags Head at Loxley continues to run pie day on Fridays with a choice of home made pies served with chips and peas along with a pint of Bradfield Farmers Ale included in the price – £5.75 for a small portion or £7.75 for a large portion.
- Sheffield Beer Week – A Tale of two Cities - Two of the UK’s most famous beer cities are joining forces to share best practice and great beers to further enhance their respective city-wide festivals. Sheffield Beer Week takes place in the second week in March with more than 40 beer-focused pubs, bars and beer shops featured throughout Sheffield. Norwich City of Ale is a […]
- A new threat to real ale – or a storm in a Schooner? - Cloudwater Brewery of Manchester has recently announced that they are to no longer brew cask ale, following a number of other fashionable ‘craft’ brewers that have either discontinued or scaled back cask production. Cloudwater’s business model going forward will be 60% bottles/cans and 40% keg. In 2016 their production split was 23% cask, 39% keg and […]
- CAMRA revitalisation project news - he leadership of one of Europe’s most successful consumer organisations is considering refocusing its future purpose after being presented with a wide-ranging review into its aims and activities – but is clear campaigning for real ale, pubs, clubs, cider and perry will remain core. The volunteers heading up the Campaign for Real Ale were presented […]
- National CAMRA AGM - All members are entitled to attend the national AGM to listen to the annual reports from the Chief Executive and national Directors on the National Executive Committee, debate and vote on motions, participate in policy discussion groups and attend volunteer support workshops. The AGM is also part of a wider members weekend which includes a […]
- ACV (Asset of Community Value) Update - Since the copy deadline for the December issue of Beer Matters, there have been a number of local developments: On 21st.November, the Chair of Sheffield CAMRA and myself met with Ccl.Jack Scott in order to discuss ACV applications to Sheffield City Council (SCC). At that meeting, he promised a further meeting, ‘early in 2017,’ in order to discuss the establishment of […]